There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger

My library doesn’t have Flieger’s earlier collection, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, so I read this instead. I’m not really sure how to review this, so I’ll start by linking to Megan Fontentot’s review:http://journal.finfar.org/articles/book-review-there-would-always-be-a-fairy-tale/ These were interesting to read, but I’m finding it difficult to say much about them. I’ll probably comeContinue reading “There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger”

Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)

Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World by Verlyn FliegerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars It would probably be ideal to read this right after reading The Silmarillion. I would have, if I had known about it at the time. I decided to read it now because I’ve started following Jeff LaSala’s The SilmarillionContinue reading “Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)”

Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (repost from 2018)

The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction by Ursula K. Le GuinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book of essays, talks and introductions first published in 1979, and revised in 1989. “From Elfland to Poughkeepsie” is an essay on style in fantasy. She focuses on three writers: JRRContinue reading “Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (repost from 2018)”

Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois

W.E.B. Dubois, author of The Souls of Black Folk, was born in 1868. He earned his B.A. at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to earn a second BA at Harvard, continuing his studies there until he earned his doctorate in history, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.Continue reading “Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois”

Review: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This abridged edition (691 pages) concentrates on the centuries from the height of the Roman empire at the beginning of the second century AD to the fall of the empire in the West. It is very dense even withoutContinue reading “Review: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”

Review: The Histories

The Histories by HerodotusMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an old review, from GoodReads. I wanted it on my blog, so I am posting it here.“These are the researches of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, which he publishes, in the hope of preserving from decay the remembrance of what men have done, and of preventing theContinue reading “Review: The Histories”

Review: Why Poetry

Why Poetry by Matthew ZapruderMy rating: 5 of 5 stars “I have a confession to make: I don’t really understand poetry.” For over twenty-five years, I have heard this said, over and over in slightly different ways, but friends, family, colleagues, strangers I met in bars and at dinner parties, on planes — so manyContinue reading “Review: Why Poetry”

Review: Women & Power: A Manifesto

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary BeardMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Mary Beard is a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. This is a short book with two lectures by her on the subject of women’s participation in politics and public life. I will not try to give a comprehensive summary,Continue reading “Review: Women & Power: A Manifesto”

Review: Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love

Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava SobelMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I think I prefer this book to Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, which is also a good book, but not quite as captivating. Galileo’s oldestContinue reading “Review: Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love”

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: Galileo’s Daughter (+Book Blogger Hop)

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week. Today I am featuring my current audiobook, Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel. It begins with a letter from Galileo’s oldest daughter, born of his affair with Marina Gamba of Venice. InContinue reading “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: Galileo’s Daughter (+Book Blogger Hop)”

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